We know we say this all the time, but they don’t call it God’s Own Country for nothing. From rolling landscapes to hidden, mystical beauty – our region isn’t short of wonderful places to discover. And if you’re looking for a scenic stroll to try this Autumn, we’ve got just the spots. All nestled within the magical Yorkshire Dales, here’s eight of the most stunning waterfalls in our region.
1. Janet’s Foss, Malham
One of our favourite waterfalls in the UK, Janet’s Foss is easily accessible and can be found tucked away just off of a country road near the famous Gordale Scar. The waterfall is a popular wild swimming spot, and is allegedly named after a fairy queen who lived in a cave behind the waterfall. How magical?
2. Aysgarth Falls, Leyburn
One of Yorkshire’s most popular water spots, Aysgarth Falls is a trio of small waterfalls on the River Ure. Easily accessible from the village of Aysgarth, you’ll likely have seen this pretty little spot on Instagram before – with many flocking to see it every single year.
3. Kisdon Force, Swaledale
Ok, so Kisdon Force isn’t just one waterfall… It’s actually a series of waterfalls on the stunning River Swale – making it a great spot if chasing waterfalls is your thing. Situated near Keld, the waterfalls vary in size, dropping ten metres in total.
4. Catrake Force, Keld
Another beauty in Keld, Catrake Force is a four-step waterfall, just downstream from other beauty spot, Wain Wath Force. Located on the River Swale, this one’s not completely accessible – but you can get to it via the Rukin’s campsite in Keld.
5. Posforth Gill, Bolton Abbey
Towards the Valley of Desolution at the Bolton Abbey estate, walkers will stumble upon the beautiful Posforth Gill – tucked away passed the estate’s friendly cows. It’s a fairly easy walk and close to the Riverside car park, leaving plenty of time to explore the actual priory, too.
6. Thornton Force, Ingleton
Thornton Force is part of the popular Ingleton Waterfalls Walk, dropping 46 feet into the River Twiss. The impressive sight is arguably the highlight of the trail (which officially opened in 1885) and one of the best waterfalls in the Yorkshire Dales, and joins Pecca Falls, Pecca Twin Falls, Holly Bush Spout on the 4.3-mile circular route.
7. Scaleber Foss, Settle
One of Settle’s hidden gems, Scaleber Force can be found deep in a wooded area of the dales, around 1.5 miles away from Settle village. But the best part? You don’t even need to walk to it – and you can actually park up nearby to check out this beauty. See the waterfall from above from Scaleber Woods, or head down to its pool to view it in all of its glory.
8. Hull Pot, Horton-in-Ribblesdale
Hull Pot is a really cool sight to see, and while it’s not technically a waterfall, if you visit it after a bought of wet weather, you’ll get to see the water flowing over into the collapsed cavern. If you visit in dry weather, you won’t need to miss out either, as the water resurfaces in the pot itself from the nearby beck.